Dec. 12, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 8: Ole Miss (5-2) vs. Mississippi Valley State (1-6)
Monday 12.13.10 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: n/a
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: n/a
Live Video: RebelVision
REBELS HOST DELTA DEVILS
Ole Miss kicks off the holiday season with a matchup against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Monday night. The Rebels return home after an 84-70 road win over UALR on Saturday. Ole Miss plays at home twice before embarking on its trip to the Cancun Governor’s Cup tournament next week. Chris Warren reached the 1,500 career point mark with 18 points at UALR, becoming the 11th Rebel to do so. Reginald Buckner had his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go with five blocked shots. Ole Miss is 4-1 at home and 1-1 in road games so far.
TOYS FOR TOTS
Anyone who brings a toy to Monday’s game for the “Toys for Tots” drive will receive free admission.
- The Rebels are 58-15 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy, including 41-2 at home.
- Ole Miss has a 63-12 record at home under Kennedy’s watch.
- The Rebels and Delta Devils are meeting for the third time, with Ole Miss winning in 2006 and 2007.
- Ole Miss owns a perfect 30-0 all-time record against current members of the SWAC.
- With 90 wins as the Ole Miss head coach, Andy Kennedy has moved into third place on the school’s all-time coaching victories list.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio and ranks second in turnover margin and third in fewest turnovers per game.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- With a 3-point field goal made in the UALR game, Ole Miss will become the 13th school in NCAA history to boast a streak of 500 straight games with a trey.
SCOUTING THE DELTA DEVILS
Mississippi Valley State is 1-6 on the season, with its lone win a 75-64 victory over Georgia Southern on Nov. 27 in a neutral-site tournament. The Delta Devils have played one SEC opponent this year, losing at Georgia 72-70 in the season opener. They are 0-5 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. They have yet to play a home game this season. Sean Woods’ team averages 59.4 points per game and allows 76.4. Terrence Joyner is the only player averaging double-figure points with a team-high 11.3 ppg. Orlando Smith tops the team with 7.1 rpg.
OLE MISS-MVSU SERIES
The Rebels and Delta Devils are meeting for the third time. Ole Miss won matchups in 2006 and 2007, by an average of 28.5 points. In their last meeting, the Rebels prevailed 97-63 in the season opener on Nov. 10, 2007, behind 21 points (7 3-pointers) from then-freshman Trevor Gaskins in his first career game. Chris Warren scored 10 points and Zach Graham had 6, also in their first collegiate outings.
OLE MISS VERSUS SWAC FOES
Ole Miss enters Monday’s contest versus Mississippi Valley State with a perfect 30-0 record against teams that currently comprise the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Rebels have faced every SWAC school except Texas Southern, while having played Alabama State the most times at seven.
Ole Miss boasts a 58-15 record (.795 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 41-2 mark at home. Last year’s team went 15-3 overall against non-league foes, while this year’s team is off to a 5-2 start.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
With veteran guard play at the core of the 2010-11 Rebel squad, Ole Miss has proven to be very good at limiting its turnovers. The team leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio (1.3) and ranks second in turnover margin (+2.6) and third in fewest turnovers (11.7/game). The Rebels have won the turnover battle in six of their seven games so far.
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring in the early season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in every game this season, including a high of 46 in the first half against Dayton and in the second half at Miami.
KENNEDY MOVES UP OLE MISS WINS CHART
With the Rebels’ win over Penn State, Andy Kennedy earned his 88th victory as the Ole Miss head coach, passing Cob Jarvis as he moved up to third on the school’s all-time coaching victories list. Now with 90 wins in his fifth year at the helm, he trails only B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years).
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things will run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring average (18.3), third in assists (4.6), first in free-throw percentage (94.4), fifth in 3-pointers made (2.3) and fourth in minutes played (33.9). He has scored 20+ points in four of the first seven games.
WARREN REACHES 1,500 POINTS
With 18 points at UALR, Chris Warren became the 11th player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. He enters the Mississippi Valley State game ranked 11th in the Rebel record books with 1,500 career points and needs five more to match Aaron Harper for 10th place.
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers around mid-season. With 255, he needs 23 to match Aaron Harper’s school record of 278 (see list on page 4).
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has already been a big addition on the court this year. He is averaging 11.7 points (25th in SEC) and 4.6 rebounds and ranks eighth among SEC players with a 51.7 field-goal percentage. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
GRAHAM LOOKS SHARP
Senior guard Zach Graham has gotten off to a strong start in 2010-11. He ranks 9th in the SEC with a 15.1 scoring average and fourth with an 88.2 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He has scored 16 or more points off the bench in each of the last three games (19 at Miami, 16 vs. Southern Miss, 17 at UALR).
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 69 career wins, he needs 20 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Just a few games into his sophomore year, Reginald Buckner has already vaulted into seventh place on the school’s career blocked shots list with 85. He ranks second in the SEC with 3.0 blocks per game and has recorded five swats in three games this year (Arkansas State, Penn State, UALR). Last year, Buckner missed four games and was hampered by an ankle injury in SEC and postseason play, but he still managed to break the school’s all-time blocked shots record for a season and be named to the SEC All-Freshman squad by the league coaches.
There are two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are the first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05. In addition, Ole Miss signed three more Mississippians to join the Rebels next season: Aaron Jones (Pascagoula), Jarvis Summers (Jackson) and Ladarius White (McComb).
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Ranks 2nd in the SEC in blocks (3.0/game) and tied for 20th in rebounding (5.3/game) ... Tied a career high with 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... Tied career high with 5 blocks vs. Penn State ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots.
Demarco Cox: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State (2 pts, 4 rebs).
Trevor Gaskins: Ranks 6th in the SEC in field goal percentage (53.1) ... Has made 16-of-20 attempts from inside the arc (80.0 percent) ... Scored 8 points and tied a career high with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s ... Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds at UALR.
Zach Graham: Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 off the bench at Miami ... Posted 16 points off the bench vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs) ... Had 17 points off the bench at UALR.
Terrance Henry: Tied for 20th in the SEC in rebounding (5.3/game) ... Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State ... 8 points, team-high 7 boards vs. Southern Miss.
Dundrecous Nelson: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 3 assists tied for the team lead at Miami ... 11 points (3-5 3-pt FGs), 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 9 points (3-4 3-pt FGs) at UALR.
Steadman Short: Celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday (12/9) ... Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton.
Chris Warren: Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... Dished out a game-high 5 assists vs. Murray State ... 11 points, 6 assists vs. Dayton ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State ... 18 of his 23 points in second half at Miami ... 15 of his 20 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss ... 18 points, season-high 7 assists at UALR.
Nick Williams: Has started his first seven games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Southern Miss.